Desktop Bookcase, recycled wood.

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Project by BeachedBones posted 08-09-2009 04:10 PM 9897 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the completed bookcase that I started in response to titancharlie’s request for plans.

Pretty much a strait forward tabletop bookshelf assembled with dowels and glue. The wood is that pallet “mystery wood” eucalyptus that I posted a while back. I used that for the shelf, back and sliding bookend. The ends are made of Burr Oak cut from firewood logs. Finish is, as you might have guessed, Behr Scandanavian tung oil. This was my first time working with eucalyptus, if indeed that is what it is. I found it annoying because it machined like wax, so my tools got a little gummed up and needed cleaning. It does have a nice sheen to it though, and I’d imagine it would hold up nice to outdoor conditions?

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 04:12 PM

Amazing what can be done with scrap wood from pallets. Great job. Love to see projects from recycled wood.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Douglas Krueger

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 05:38 PM

Nice job of recycle and the unique sliding book end.

Thanks for sharing

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 10:16 PM

Nice touch with the slider.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-09-2009 10:30 PM

Sorry I’ll have to report you because . I’m the monitor in charged of prevention of cruelty to pallets. But still cool job.

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 05:57 AM

Great job. Nothing like getting ideas from other LJ’s! Isn’t that what we are all here for? Great build.

Just love useing pallet wood. Don’t think I’ve seen any euc. ones. Unless I just didn’t recognize it.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 04:40 PM

It’s funny how I can always justify costs for the tools, but I hate to spend anything on wood. Free wood is the best wood. The eucalyptus threw me for a curve too, and it was just one board on the pallet, maybe a repair or something.

One modification since the build, the slider was a little loose, I wedged a disposable ear plug between the slider and the rail. It works nice, a little pressure will squish the plug allowing it to slide freely, when you let go the plug expands back and pushes the slider tight to the rail, which holds it in place.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#7 posted 08-11-2009 07:58 AM

Great job on the bookcase and the recycling!! I have a fondness for pine futon frames that seem to be discarded on a frequent basis. Ahh..the urban forest.

-- "The Artful Bodger"

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